Blog : Blue Ocean Society Coastal Cleanup

By Madalyn | Sep 11, 2014 | in

The Blue Ocean Society for Marine Conservation is holding the 28th Annual International Coastal Cleanup on Saturday, September 20 from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. The Coastal Cleanup will take place at approximately 25 different sites along the New Hampshire coastline focusing on trash removal and maintaining wildlife habitats.

The International Coastal Cleanup is the largest one-day, worldwide volunteering event of its kind. The Blue Ocean Society is thrilled to host the cleanup for another year, and has helped coordinate the New Hampshire Coastal Cleanup since 2005. Blue Ocean Society strives to spread awareness about the marine environment and the importance of properly disposing of trash. Blue Ocean Society has strong stance on refuse materials: items such as trash, plastic, and other manmade refuse have a much bigger impact on the coastal envrionment than we can possibly imagine. The trash debris that is removed during the cleanup is potentially harmful to surrounding populations of wildlife and people. 

Last year alone, the Coastal Cleanup collected over 2,000 pounds of trash from the 20 miles of New Hampshire’s coastlines and waterways. Numerous mammals, birds, and fish die every year from entanglement or ingestion of dangerous debris. Cleanups lessen the threat of debris to marine wildlife. During the cleanup, each piece of trash collected is recorded, and the data is used to implement city and state projects to lessen waste on our beaches. 

To get more information about volunteering click here.

Green Alliance members receive FREE admission to the Blue Ocean Discovery Center! Also save 10% on all items in Blue Ocean Society's online store (enter the promo code GA10 on Blue Ocean's website)! Not a Green Alliance member? Join here!